Everton's £28 million striker Romelu Lukaku airs trophy ambition

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is hoping the 2014/15 campaign will see the Toffees end their 20-year wait for major silverware.

Everton spent a club record £28 million on Romelu Lukaku over the summer in the hope of seeing an immediate return on that investment.

Big money was spent in the pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League.

The Toffees find themselves some way short of that target at present, with inconsistencies leaving them seven points adrift in mid-table.

There is, however, every chance that the season could deliver a silver lining.

FA Cup and Europa League prizes are still up for grabs, and Lukaku hopes he can help fire Everton to their first major silverware in 20 years.

The Belgium international striker told Sky Sports News: “We’ve had a great run of games and now it’s time for us to step our game up and starting winning lots of games in a row.

“I want to win something. To do that, we need to work hard and to be focused every day. Hopefully we can bring some silverware at the end of the season.”

Everton’s last success came back in 1995, when they edged out Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

They graced that occasion again in 2009, under the guidance of David Moyes, but came up short against Chelsea.

Roberto Martinez’s men face a tough opening test in their 2015 challenge, having been drawn against top-flight rivals West Ham United in the third round, but they will believe that they can beat anybody at Goodison Park and will also be looking forward to a meeting with Swiss side Young Boys in the last-32 of continental competition.

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